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Bethany Erickson

07/12/17 4:30pm
south padre island

With views and playgrounds like this, South Padre is a popular destination.

Previously this week, we discussed how the housing market in South Padre Island could really give vacation home seekers a lot of bang for their buck.

Today, we’ll look at how that bang can become a boom — if you’re willing to jump through a few hoops the city says are designed to protect renters, landlords, and make sure city resources are allocated wisely.

With South Padre appearing regularly on lists of best beaches for families and best Spring Break beach destinations, it stands to reason that there are a fair amount of people looking for the freedom and room a condo or beach house might offer, as opposed to a hotel.

“Spring break brings 50,000 to 60,000 people in at one time — and the population of South Padre is only 2,800 or so,” said Gary Tate of Keller Williams Lynne Tate South Padre Island. (more…)

07/10/17 4:27pm
South Padre Island

Homes on South Padre Island can be found for as little as $100,000, or for more than $500,000 (but the latter gets you views like this).

Although they’re native Texans, Gary and Lynne Tate spent eight cold years in Alaska before finally coming back to the state. Before they left, they had a ceremony to destroy their snow shovel.

Then they moved to South Padre Island.

Nowadays, the two Realtors with Keller Williams Lynne Tate South Padre Island spend their time helping people find their new home, home-away-from-home, or investment property on the island.

“It happens every year, somebody will come down and catch more fish here than they ever have and want to get a place here,” Tate said.

“We see a lot of interest in buying around the summer,” fellow Realtor Gayle Hood agreed.

And Hood said you can find almost anything you want — inventory is wide open and very affordable. (more…)

05/08/17 12:11pm
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This two-story cottage-style house sits on a 90-acre ranch in Graham, Texas. (Photos courtesy Jilene Foust)

Wide-open spaces, or small-town charm? Two homes in Graham, Texas, that have hit the market mean you can satisfy either yen.

Both homes are for sale by the owners, Jilene and Todd Foust, who can’t stop raving about the little town of 8,931 that has become home (or second home) to more than 5,000 multi-millionaires.

“I would say being from Dallas, in the Highland Park area, born and raised, I found it fascinating if you move two hours away to Graham, which is nestled 26 miles from the famous Possum Kingdom Lake, you find this quaint little town that has no middle-class population,” Jilene Foust said. “Years ago Fortune magazine did an article about Graham, listing it as having more millionaires per capita by state!”

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02/02/17 2:12pm
A visit to Bill and Hillary's starter home in Fayetteville, Ark., prompted Bethany Erickson to take a look at what the real estate market in the area looks like - and it's a boon for second home hunters.

A visit to Bill and Hillary’s starter home in Fayetteville, Ark., prompted Bethany Erickson to take a look at what the real estate market in the area looks like — and it’s a boon for second home hunters.

Love mountains, but also love shopping? Love Austin, but hate the traffic?

Haaaaaaaave you met Fayetteville, Ark.?

Now, I must confess a great deal of bias — Fayetteville is my old stomping grounds, and whenever we get a chance, we head there for R&R. In fact, we were there over Christmas vacation, and had the chance to tour a very well-known starter home — Bill and Hillary Clinton’s first home — where they lived while both taught at University of Arkansas’ law school.

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